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A graduate merchandiser helps the assistant merchandisers through creating PO's, updating air freight logs, running daily sales and Monday reporting, alongside other day-to-day tasks. They are also often responsible for a range(s) within their specific department, and are then involved in the range build, mark down and run rate of the particular range. The graduate merchandiser works closely with the MAA's as well as the buying, design and garment technology team on a daily basis. Written by Lauren East, Graduate Merchandiser at Marks and Spencer’s - Lingerie
An Allocator provides key support to both Buyers and Merchandisers to create strategies on how to maximise sales through analysing sales performance and planning stock allocations. This ensures products are delivered to the right stores, at the right time and in the right quantities through working closely with suppliers and Management at the Distribution Centre. Without us, stock would simply sit in the Distribution Centre and ultimately, stores wouldn’t have product on the shop floor. Written by Chérie Dunford, Allocator at River Island
Website Merchandising Coordinator
On a day to day basis, I manage daily sales, enrich products to get newness on the website, upload product images, create reports such as non-live and brand reports, manage brand relationships, do daily site walks to make sure every product is merchandised correctly, manage launch calendars to make sure new products launch on time and work with the buying team to make sure everything is in place with launches. Written by Kirsty Evans, Website Merchandising Coordinator at House Of Fraser
Senior Merchandising is the responsible between buyers, designers at headquarters and the garment suppliers at liaison office in relevant country. -Senior merchandiser follows up the whole production processes from the procurement of fabric&accessories till the shipment of the garment by critical path table. -Price negotiations/bargaining on relevant styles as assistive help to buyers -Sourcing and developing fabric, accessory and material which are request by designers. -Shares tailoring, fit and design critics with relevant buyer and designer. -Sourcing new garment manufacturers, new fabric & accessory suppliers. Written by Ozgur Dinc, Senior Merchandiser at Zara
The role of a wholesale executive is to represent a brand or agency (who represent a number of brands) and to sell-in collections to wholesale partners, who will consist of department stores, specialty/independent stores and ecommerce accounts. You will meet with buyers each season to show and present a collection, and sell to them so they can buy for their store. Its a target driven job that involves a lot of numbers and working on excel! But its also focused on building relationships so your buyer will trust your opinion and judgement on a collection, its important to understand their business and customer as ultimately what you sell in to them needs to sell out. There is also an element of product development to the role, to continue developing the collection and range couple with competitor and market analysis. Written by Rachel Reay, Wholesale Executive
Production admin assistant
A Production admin assistant is responsible for managing the product lifecycle and ensuring shipments are on time throughout the season(s). You will work alongside the production team and frequently interact with other departments. Your main responsibilities will include; managing the critical path, tracking samples, holding weekly meetings with Product Development, on time delivery analysis, raising/sending purchase orders and communicating with suppliers on a daily basis. Throughout the role, you will develop a key relationship with the suppliers as you become their point of contact for production queries. No two days are the same, but the job is extremely rewarding.
Head of Merchandising
As a head of Merchandising you work alongside the heads of Buying and Design to implement strategic initiatives that give the consumer what he/she wants, when he/she wants it and at the right price. The main focus is on planning the ranges, allocating the stock and trading it to make the most sales and profit for the company. Written by Silva Hrabar, previously Head of Merchandising at ASOS, Flipflop and Miss Selfridge